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im-por-tu'-ni-ti: Occurs only in Luke 11:8, where it is the rendering of anaideia (Westcott-Hort, anaidia). This Greek word implies an element of impudent insistence rising to the point of shamelessness which the English word "importunity" fails to express, thus weakening the argument of the parable, which is that if by shameless insistence a favor may be won, even from one unwilling and ungracious, still more surely will God answer the earnest prayer of His people. God's willingness to give exceeds our ability to ask. The parable teaches by way of contrast, not by parallel.

David Foster Estes

335. anaideia -- shamelessness
... importunity, shamelessness. From a compound of a (as a negative particle (compare
aneu)) and aidos; impudence, ie (by implication) importunity -- importunity. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
6293. paga -- to meet, encounter, reach
... A primitive root; to impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity
-- come (betwixt), cause to entreat, fall (upon), make intercession ...
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Importunity Rewarded.
... IMPORTUNITY REWARDED. One day Jesus was asked by His disciples to teach them
to pray. So ... good. [Illustration: IMPORTUNITY REWARDED.]. ...
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Prayer and Importunity
... VI. PRAYER AND IMPORTUNITY. "How glibly we talk of praying without ceasing!
Yet we are quite apt to quit, if our prayer remained ...
/.../bounds/the necessity of prayer/vi prayer and importunity.htm

'Because of his Importunity'
... GENESIS 'BECAUSE OF HIS IMPORTUNITY'. 'And the ... petitions. His was the holy
'importunity' which Jesus sent forth for our imitation. The ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/because of his importunity.htm

Prayer and Importunity (Continued)
... VII. PRAYER AND IMPORTUNITY (Continued). ... This he proceeded to do, and by dint of
importunity secured what ordinary solicitation had failed to obtain. ...
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Because of his Importunity
... CHAPTER IV Because of His Importunity. "I say unto you, Though he will not
rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because ...
/.../murray/the ministry of intercession/chapter iv because of his.htm

Eighth Lesson. Because of his Importunity;'
... EIGHTH LESSON. Because of his importunity;'. Because of his importunity;'
Or, The Boldness of God's Friends. And He said unto them ...
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Bishop Hosius Said: Our Importunity and Great Pertinacity and ...
... The Sixth Ecumenical Council. Canon VII. Bishop Hosius said: Our importunity and
great pertinacity and unjust petitions have brought it about´┐Ż (Greek.) ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/canon vii bishop hosius said .htm

Indiscreet Importunity.
... INDISCREET IMPORTUNITY. "I gave thee a king in mine anger." HOSEA xiii.11. ... The
obvious lessons are:-. 1. Be discreet in your importunity. ...
/.../dods/how to become like christ/indiscreet importunity.htm

"Because of his Importunity. "
... "BECAUSE OF HIS IMPORTUNITY.". "Nov.19 [1846]."I am now led more and more
to importune the Lord to send me the means, which are ...
/...// to prayer/because of his importunity.htm

"Nothing is Impossible to Industry, "Said one of the Seven Sages ...
... deprived of retirement."David Brainerd. Christ puts importunity as a
distinguishing characteristic of true praying. We must not only ...
/.../bounds/purpose in prayer/chapter vi nothing is impossible.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) The quality of being importunate; pressing or pertinacious solicitation; urgent request; incessant or frequent application; troublesome pertinacity.
Importunity (1 Occurrence)
...IMPORTUNITY. im-por-tu'-ni-ti: Occurs only in Luke 11:8, where it is the rendering
of anaideia (Westcott-Hort, anaidia). ...Importunity (1 Occurrence). ...
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Prayers (99 Occurrences)
... 1. The Lord's Prayer 2. Christ's Doctrine of Prayer: Sacredness, Importunity,
Conditions 3. Prayers Offered by Christ (1) The High-priestly Prayer (2) The ...
/p/prayers.htm - 51k

Press (57 Occurrences)
... 11. (v.) To try to force (something upon some one); to urge or inculcate with
earnestness or importunity; to enforce; as, to press divine truth on an audience. ...
/p/press.htm - 46k

Impose (12 Occurrences)

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Knock (7 Occurrences)
... Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matthew 7:7, 8; Luke 13:25), and of the
coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Revelation 3:20). Noah Webster's Dictionary. ...
/k/knock.htm - 11k

Needeth (7 Occurrences)
... Luke 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his
friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as ...
/n/needeth.htm - 8k

Urge (34 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion,
or importunity. 3. (vt) To provoke; to exasperate. ...
/u/urge.htm - 15k

Urgent (12 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (a.) Urging; pressing; besetting; plying, with importunity;
calling for immediate attention; instantly important. ...
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Opportunity (35 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) Convenience of situation; fitness. 3. (n.) Importunity; earnestness.
Multi-Version Concordance Opportunity (35 Occurrences). ...
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Grate (6 Occurrences)
... Hence; To produce exasperation, soreness, or grief; to offend by oppression or
importunity. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. GRATE; GRATING. ...
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Bible Concordance
Importunity (1 Occurrence)

Luke 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.



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